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The following is a recommended reading list. We do not necessarily endorse any of the following texts in their entirety.

Local Matters Manifesto Book

Localism: Manifesto for a Twenty-First Century England

Local Matters

Co-written by five authors, the ideology and philosophy of Localism is summarised covering a wide range of topics, advocating for an England which finds value in humanism and wellbeing, relying on its organic communities rather than a liberal state which relies on constant economic growth, through a process of anti-globalisation and critical thinking.

Local Matters Manifesto for a European Renaissance

Manifesto for a European Renaissance

Alain de Benoist

This manifesto offers a strong argument in favour of the right to difference for all cultures and civilisations, and importantly the right of peoples to defend themselves from cultural homogenisation. It offers a vision of a regenerated Europe which will find its strength in authentic values and traditions, in opposition to the new imperialism of globalism.

Local Matters Local is Our Future Book

Local is our Future: Steps to an Economic Happiness

Helena Norberg-Hodge

An empirical attack on Globalism and its destructive impact on communities disappearing livelihoods to financial instability, from climate chaos to an epidemic of depression, we face crises on a number of seemingly unrelated fronts. This well-referenced book traces the common roots of these problems in a globalised economy that is incompatible with life on a finite planet.

Local Matters Beyond Human Rights Book

Beyond Human Rights: Defending Freedoms

Alain de Benoist

In his trademark erudite style, Alain de Benoist confronts one of liberalism’s foundational myths - unalienable human rights. He begins by exploring the history of ‘rights’ from antiquity to the present day before reviewing the use - and abuse - of human rights by liberal democracies. This book is a thought-provoking read highly recommended for anyone wishing to peer behind the curtain of Western government.

Local Matters Rules for Radicals Book

Rules For Radicals

Saul Alinsky

Book by community activist and writer Saul D. Alinsky about how to successfully run a movement for change. Saul Alinksy was arguably the most successful political organiser in modern day American politics, praised by the left both Hilary and Obama studied him extensively, and accredited by the right for single handedly destroying America. Alinsky was highly influential in the civil rights movement where he galvanised black citizens against the government, to organise working class workers against their employers, this book covers the most important things he learned about organising communities throughout his careers. Reads great with Blueprint for Revolution.

Local Matters on the Brink of the Abyss Book

On the Brink of the Abyss: The Imminent Bankruptcy of the Financial System

Alain de Benoist

A compilation of de Benoist’s articles on economics, ranging from the financial crash, Citizenship income and debt and class poverty. Key essays to read in this are ‘Money’, ‘Death on Credit’, ‘Middle Classes and Working Classes: the politics of poverty’, ‘Immigration, the reverse army of capital’ and ‘Confronting the Capitalist system’.

Local Matters Small is Beautiful Book

Small is Beautiful

E. F. Schumacher

In his most famous work, radical economist E.F. Schumacher tears apart the modern day fetish of 'growth economics' and the obsession with 'bigness'. A student of Leopold Kohr and his idea of 'small is beautiful' Schumacher argues for a return to smaller more manageable systems, that place the well-being of people over profit.

Local Matters The Problem of Democracy Book

The Problem of Democracy

Alain De Benoist

In this short but insightful book, Alain de Benoist deconstructs the buzzword ‘democracy’. He looks at the history of the term from Ancient Greece to the twenty-first century before describing what true, organic democracy looks like.

Local Matters Real England Book

Real England

Paul Kingsnorth

Real England details Kingsnorth’s travels around England exploring the effects of global capital on culture, character and local identity, he meets with canal dwellers, farmers, fisherman, shopkeepers, publicans and many more. It's an important but sad read when you consider this was published in 2008 and the wave of global forces have been allowed to reign unchecked destroying traditional industries and slowly eroding the nations identity which is still carrying on now.

Local Matters What Are People For Book

What Are People For?

Wendell Berry

A collection of essays between 1975 to 1990, discusses topics such declining farming communities the dangers of constant technological innovation, human belief in “improving” nature.Taken as a whole, they reveal Berry’s firm conviction that Western civilization has lost its way and has followed industrial and technological innovation into a self-indulgent, immoral, environmentally destructive, dehumanizing, monolithic, and unjust way of life.

Local Matters Capitalist Realism Book

Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative?

Mark Fisher

This book explores Fisher's concept of "capitalist realism" which he takes to describe "the widespread sense that not only is capitalism the only viable political and economic system, but also that it is now impossible even to imagine a coherent alternative to it." This book was a hit in 2008 and inspired groups such as ‘Occupy Wall Street’.

Local Matters Why I Am Not Going To Buy A Computer Book

Why I am Not Going to Buy a Computer

Wendell Berry

American novelist, poet and farmer Wendell Berry invokes concerns about diminishing human ingenuity, knowledge and endeavour while setting out his reasons for not investing in a computer to help him in his writing. Rallying against 'technological fundamentalism' this book is a good insight into a man leading a genuinely Localist lifestyle.

Local Matters Break Down of Nations Book

The Breakdown of Nations

Leopold Kohr

Austrian-born economist Leopold Kohr gives a cutting diagnosis of the problems facing the post-war world in this 1957 treatise. From atomic theory to population statistics, Kohr tackles bigness and its ills from all angles in this, his magnum opus, which was to become the foundation of the ‘degrowth’ political school.

Local Matters Blueprint for Revolution

Blueprint For Revolution

Srdja Popovic

A fascinating retelling of the stories of Optor! - a radical nonviolent activist group in Serbia at the turn of the century, opposing authoritarian leader Milosevic, and lessons from other movements around the world, from the tactics of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official in the history of California, to the civil disobedience of Egyptian taxi drivers and Russian Lego marches. Popovic provides pages upon pages of inspiring examples of successful, nonviolent activism, and uses them to teach greater lessons applicable to other situations such as the Localist struggle today.

Local Matters Village Democracy Book

Village Democracy

John Papworth

The author passionately sets out his argument for radical decentralisation of power as the only answer to the current crises in politics, trade, ecology, and international affairs. Friends with E.F. Schumacher and Kohr, he championed the small is beautiful principle and was a true localist. John Papworth an English clergyman, writer and activist. He was made famous by his stance on shoplifting from big stores stating “Jesus said ‘Love your neighbor,’ he didn’t say ‘Love Marks and Spencers”.

Local Matters The Breakdown of Great Britain

The Breakdown of Great Britain

Leopold Kohr

A more pragmatic and close-to-home application of Leopold Kohr’s earlier work, The Breakdown of Great Britain takes the form of a short pamphlet describing in detail how his theory could - and should - be applied to the United Kingdom.

Local Matters A Pair of Cranks Books

A Pair of Cranks

Leopold Kohr and E. F. Schumacher

A medley of short essays from Leopold Kohr and his disciple E. F. Schumacher, ranging from broad-scope reviews of the ‘Small is Beautiful’ movement to specific and often eccentric remedies prescribed by the theorists to solve issues including urban sprawl, agricultural failure and slum regeneration.

Local Matters Welcome to the Desert of the Real Book

Welcome to the Desert of the Real

Slavoj Zizek

Zizek proposes that global capitalism is fundamentalist and that America was complicit in the rise of Muslim fundamentalism. It points to our dreaming about the catastrophe in numerous disaster movies before it happened, and explores the irony that the tragedy has been used to legitimise torture. Last but not least it analyzes the fiasco of the predominant leftist response to the events.

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